Monthly Archives: December 2011

Re-Joyce

After visiting the Phoenix Park the other day to watch the deer… …I got a lift back into Dublin city centre by a man whose parents had christened him Stephen Dedalus; his sister Anna Livia. As we drove along Ellis … Continue reading

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Yule bog

One of my favourite landscapes in Ireland is the boggy expanse around the Sally Gap in County Wicklow, part Wicklow Mountains National Park and part Featherbeds, so-named because of the Featherbed Mountain and the Featherbed Pass – as a child … Continue reading

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Hiking Howth Head

Cold and blustery without a drop of rain, today was the perfect weather for a long walk across the clifftops. I went to Howth in north Dublin for a short ramble and ended up walking almost nine miles in total, … Continue reading

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Christmas in Dublin

Change of country, change of pace. I’ve swapped the warm humidity of northern Guatemala for the cold rain of Dublin; the 4am shuttle buses for late starts on DART trains; the new and unfamiliar for the familiar of years gone … Continue reading

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Dawn over Tikal

Up at 3.45am, with just enough time to run a brush through my hair and throw on my jungle boots before heading over to the lobby of the Tikal Inn for some strong coffee – black, no sugar – I … Continue reading

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Tikaaaal!

Alright, it’s Tikal, not Tikaaal, but I was so excited I had to shout. Tikal was right at the top of my list of places to visit in Guatemala, and I was so determined to get there from Antigua that … Continue reading

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Laughter

My travels in Guatemala have been filled with laughter. One of the more memorable moments of laughter happened on my trip back from Lake Atitlán. Our shuttle driver had pulled into a petrol station in the middle of the Guatemalan … Continue reading

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Volcán de Fuego at night

After the previous day’s adventure climbing Pacaya volcano, I was ready to see some volcano action. Cue the Fuego at Night adventure, a trip organised by a little homegrown operation in Antigua. A shuttle bus picked us up in Antigua … Continue reading

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Javalicious

My new friends Guillermo and Cory, who I met on my first day in Antigua, have introduced me to the most exquisite coffee. Guillermo’s friend owns the El Injerto coffee plantation in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, and their coffee is a Cup of Excellence … Continue reading

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Climbing Volcán de Pacaya

I have now added climbing a volcano to my list of achievements. Volcán de Pacaya is an active volcano situated in the Cerro Grande-Pacaya-Cerro Chino volcanic complex about an hour’s drive from Antigua. A group of us took an afternoon … Continue reading

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